Yep, I watched some of the dressage this morning.
I wasn't particularly impressed by Phillip Dutton's ride, but he's not the best dressage rider. Cross country is his forte and I'm sure the massive Fernhill Eagle with make the course look like a beginner novice run. Poor Jessica Phoenix had that rear in the middle of her rein back, and the test was pretty nice until then. Gorgeous extended trot, even though she lacked the follow through near the end of it. That horse has a super expressive front end. Of course Allison Springer and Arthur had a phenomenal test. I'm expecting they'll do pretty well this weekend, but I don't think they'll win. We have a ton of huge international names competing tomorrow and I think someone will overtake her, my money is on Mark Todd. He's on his 10th place WEG horse and none of the horses at Rolex are among the 9 that beat him there. And he just won Badminton on a first time four-star horse. He's going to be a major contender this weekend. Kim Severson had a solid test, a little below her usual standard with Paddy but I don't really blame her. She's had a super rough spring season so far and I think she rode just a little more conservatively than she normally would, especially considering Paddy can knock the dressage out of the park. His movement just wasn't the same today. Not as much impulsion and uphill balance as usual.
I also really loved Mary King's ride on her homebred mare, despite the multiple cringe-inducing flying changes. The rest of her test more than made up for them, imho. And of course Boyd and Remington had a lovely test, even though Boyd forgot about the 8 meter circle between the shoulder-in and half-pass. Whoops! Regardless, I'm sure Remington will finish on his dressage score. I'd be incredibly surprised if they didn't.
"Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then, always be a unicorn."